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23 May 2023

Productivity Club Scotland

Energy efficiency in the South of Scotland


Open to All

Whether its reducing carbon emissions, managing resources more efficiently or a commitment towards continuous improvement, introducing changes now will bring many benefits to businesses and also the environment, society and economy.

We will hear from Greg about his own experience in building a net-zero sustainable home and supporting businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their built environment. We will also hear from Eva Rainey about the support and funding available, along with top energy saving tips for small and medium sized businesses.

Get ready to discuss with your peers about what sustainability means to your organisation and share what actions you are taking to reduce your carbon footprint. Wherever you are in your sustainability journey, this event is for you.

The event is interactive with group discussion, Q&A and networking opportunities.

Greg Steel, Curriculum Learning Manager – Sustainable Construction, Borders College

Greg has always been interested in how things work, after school he studied Immunology and cell Biology, and became a research scientist. After many years of post-doctoral research with the Welcome Trust, he decided to follow his other passion in life, woodwork. Greg went back to college and retrained as a Joiner, worked on heavy structural timber framed buildings (oak frames), and became interested in ‘Eco buildings’. This journey led him to Borders College and he started to teach Carpentry and Joinery and work on low energy building projects. The last building project was a net zero sustainable self-build home for his family. With the climate emergency it is critical that we improve the energy efficiency of our built environment. In his role as Curriculum learning manager for Sustainable Construction, he can help to deliver training and upskilling to the future workforce to build a more sustainable future.

Eva Rainey, Business Energy Adviser, Business Energy Scotland

Eva Rainey is an advisor at Business Energy Scotland, a business support service managed by Energy Saving Trust and funded by the Scottish Government. Launched in April 2022, Business Energy Scotland provides impartial advice and access to funding to help Scottish small and medium sized enterprises save energy and reduce carbon emissions. As one of a team of expert advisors and consultants delivering the Business Energy Scotland service, Eva has helped hundreds of Scottish businesses to identify and implement energy-saving and renewables projects to improve their sustainability.


09.30 – 09.45 – Introductions

09.45 – 10.30 – Speaker Presentations and Q&A

10.30 – 11.00 – Group Discussions

11.00 – Close